Charles Drew University


PHY 251 – General Physics II                                                                    Spring 2014






Lecture:                       Tuesdays   1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Lecture Location:        Keck 231

Lab:                             Thursdays  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Lab Location:              SESC

Units:                          4         

Instructor:                   E. Rodrigo, Ph.D.

Office:                         Keck 219

Office Hours:               Wednesdays 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm or by appointment



Textbook:        College Physics Volume 2, 8th Edition by H. Young and R. Geller

                        ISBN: 0-8053-7823-5 





Course Content


An introduction, emphasizing biomedical applications, to fundamental concepts of classical and modern physics including: electromagnetism, electric circuits, optics, quantum theory, relativity, atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles.


Student Learning Outcomes

You will be able to explain the concepts contained in the course content and recognize practical situations to which they can be applied.

You will be able to use algebra and trigonometry to mathematically describe physical systems relevant to the course content and to use such descriptions to calculate the value of unknown quantities and to evaluate experimental evidence.

You will be able to accurately collect experimental data, estimate error in the data, draw valid conclusions from the data, preserve data integrity, and record all aspects of experiments in a properly maintained laboratory notebook.

You will be able to use computers to solve problems in physics.

You will be able to interpret graphical and tabular representations of data.

You will become aware of the importance of the ethical conduct in science.




            Homework            5%       50

            Quizzes             5%       50

            Regular Exams      40%      400

            Final Exam         20%      200

            Lab                30%      300


                              100%     1000 points


Minimum points to receive particular letter grades are shown below.

è M = Median total points of students in the class.

Letter Grade

Minimum Points Required


the lesser of 933.3 and M + 183.3


the lesser of 900.0 and M + 150.0


the lesser of 866.7 and M + 116.7


the lesser of 833.3 and M +  83.3


the lesser of 800.0 and M +  50.0


the lesser of 766.7 and M + 16.7


the lesser of 733.3 and M – 16.7


the lesser of 700.0 and M – 50.0


the lesser of 650.0 and M – 100.0


the lesser of 600.0 and M – 150.0


the lesser of 550.0 and M – 200.0



















Example 1:  M = 600 è ‘A’ requires 600 + 183.3 = 783.3

                                      ‘B’ requires 600 + 83.3 = 683.3; etc.

Example 2:  M = 800 è ‘A’ requires 933.3 (because 933.3 < 800 + 183.3) 

                                      ‘B’ requires 833.3 (because 833.3 < 800 + 83.3); etc.


Note that this grading scheme does not guarantee that the highest scoring student will get an ‘A’.

However, it does ensure that it is possible for every student to earn an ‘A’.




There will be 5 quizzes, 4 regular exams, and 1 final exam.  Each quiz counts for 1% of your grade, each regular exam for 10%, and the final exam for 20%.  All tests will be given at the start of class.  The final exam will occur on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  There will be no make-ups for missed tests.




There will be 5 homework assignments, each of which count for 10 points (i.e. 1% ) of your grade.  Homework assignments will be graded as “complete” or “incomplete”.  Completed assignments, showing an honest attempt to solve each problem, will receive 10 points.   Incomplete assignments will receive 0 points.  Late assignments will not be graded.




The lab component of this course is virtual and will normally be conducted within the Student Education and Services Center.  The lab constitutes 30% of your grade.




Expected but not required.  Note, however, that the best indicator of the content of the quizzes and exams is the material covered in class.